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>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? day 66, deep water drilling to resume in the gulf. even as the oil keeps spewing from the wreck of the deepwater horizon. the secretary of the interior abandons the moratorium. the governor of louisiana abandons common sense. >> the fact that the federal agencies can't do their jobs shouldn't put thousands of louisianans out of work. shouldn't cost us our jobs. merely your gulf and your health. blackwatergate. first the state department
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rehired xie, the mercenaries formerly known as black water on a contract in afghanistan. now the cia has awarded them another deal. jeremy scahill, the author of "black water" joins us. mixed murdoch message. his tv message helps persecute hispanic immigrants. but now he is on an issue to encourage hispanic immigrants. >> i think we can show to the public the benefits of having migrants and the jobs that go with that. >> o'reilly's head just detonated. the florida tea party sues the tea party of florida. >> we're the people of judea! >> oh, i thought we were the popular. >> people's front. and it's even nuttier in nevada. >> we, the tea party has a message for scott ashen, who is trying to pretend he is involved in the tea party movement. get lost. and finally, it's a final. 70-68. dramatic college hoops game? uh-uh.
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at wimbledon john isner defeats nicolas mahut. in just three days. 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. but the match was closer than the score would indicate. all the news and commentary, now on "countdown. >> it won't happen again, won't even come close. good evening from new york. the same judge who declared two days ago the freeze on deepwater drilling illegal. a judge heavily invested in energy, industry stocks. that judge today rejecting the justice department request that he keep the moratorium in place, only while officials appeal his ruling. you could not have seen that coming, with the 100% safe drilling resume. and in our fifth story, what no one wanted to see coming. oil from the massive leak nearing mississippi's fragile
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barrier islands, while in florida, a massive clean-up, officials urging people not to swim or fish along 33 miles of coastline. in sweltering humidity and high heat today, more than 1,000 workers in protective gear shoveling up oil along pensacola beach. the work is slow, and the implements poorly suited to the task. one piece of machinery being tested today, getting stuck in the very sand it was supposed to clean. officials fearing that until the leak is plugged, the situation along florida's beaches will keep repeating itself again and again. more disasters like this one a distinct possibility now, following judge martin feldman's ruling and his refusal to stay his ruling that overturns the obama administration six month moratorium on deepwater drilling. the justice department saying that interior secretary salazar has instructed all employees to not take any action to enforce the moratorium. that a rally against that moratorium in huma, louisiana governor jindal calling it a rare instance of common sense from a federal official. perhaps more jaw dropping, bp's
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risky plans for drilling in alaska not even subject to that moratorium because of the fake island the company has built, a little more than a mound of gravel, even though it is three miles off the coast in the arctic ocean. as we first reported here monday, bp planning to drill two miles down, then six to eight miles sideways to reach what is believed to be a reservoir of oil under federal waters. the "new york times" reporting that federal regulators allowed bp to write their own environmental review for the project, said to be highly irregular, even for the minerals management service. horizontal drilling, the paper reporting, riskier, a., because it is new and untested, b., because gas kicks are more frequent and hard to detect and c, because it requires more powerful machinery, putting extra pressure on pipes and well casings. bp's self-written environmental assessment, concluding that the risk to wildlife posed by the project would be minimal, and the worst-case scenario, should there be a spill, which bp claims it could handle, was estimated at 20,000 barrels a day.
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the deepwater horizon now gushing at least three times that much, maybe five times that much. earlier tonight, bob dudley, the new man in charge at bp, seeming to claim to our own brian williams on "nbc nightly news," that everybody in alaska drills in that highly unorthodox way. >> do you now step back and say, well, should we be doing this? >> well, in alaska, that is how you drill, mainly off shore, because of the ice. so that's not an unusual development plan. but this kind of drilling goes on all over the world. >> let's do -- let's talk now with our own political analyst, richard wolffe, and also the author of "renegade: the making of a president." has the administration abandoned it, the moratorium, for good? and why?
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>> i talked to the white house officials this evening about it, and it doesn't look like they have abandoned it. they're going down the court route. obviously, they're looking at this appeal, although a stay is one thing from this judge. they have filed the appeal. and on the other side of it, they are readying the sounds or the new basis for another moratorium. they say there is not going to be any drilling until people are sure that it's safe so it seems that the policy taken on these twin tracks is designed to keep a moratorium in place one way or another. >> we heard, however, governor jindal, full speed ahead, that the jobs are more important than whatever the next spill in the gulf will do to the gulf and to the state and the people he claims to represent. we heard mr. dudley of bp. that sounded like lines that i read when i played the evil oil company president on "family guy." no, everybody does it this way. what is the political rationale here? this is like dragging the "titanic" up off the ocean floor and filling it again with passengers, and saying, "don't worry, it will make it to new york this time." >> well, the politics of it is curious. i mean, the governor of louisiana, governor of mississippi basically are saying
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that in spite of of the economic damage to tourism, in spite of the environmental damage, which is pretty much incalculable at this point, they are so desperate for the jobs that the oil industry represents, they don't mind what kind of damage, what other costs they incur, of course, so as long as the federal government, the united states taxpayer, picks up the bill here, or passes on that cost in the immediate circumstances to bp. you know, it is a strange calculation. and that's why, as i've said before, the comparison with florida is so interesting, and where -- and another state that's directly affected by this, the attitudes are completely reversed. i think there is a question of leadership. there is sure a question of economic diversity, as well. but the politics has made this situation very unpredictable, and it impacts the climate change and energy bill that the president wants to push through in washington, as well. >> about the president. bad times, according to the new nbc news "wall street journal" poll, if your initials are b.o. or b.p. this disapproval of the
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president's job performance is higher than approval for the first time. bp's approval, 6%. in the history of this poll, that's worse than philip morris tobacco and o.j. simpson. it is only higher than yassir arafat, saddam hussein and fidel castro. you put these numbers together. how worried should the white house be about these numbers? >> well, they're not good numbers, by any stretch. of course, the economy is still struggling, and by any historic comparison, especially if you look at ronald reagan's numbers, you could argue that the glass is still half full. his numbers are still a couple notches above where reagan's was, in the low 40s, mid 40s range, but these are not good numbers. of course, they're much better than i guess saddam hussein's and certainly bp's. if they can make the election in november about bp and tie bp to the republican party, there is a path forward, and joe barton has given them that. but more broadly for democrats, this is a terrible scenario for them. and it's not just about bp. the general economy is really what's driving this. but bp surely doesn't help.
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richard wolfe, msnbc, and author of "ren gait." thanks. let's turn now to rick steiner, who joins us again from anchorage. rick, good evening. >> hi, keith. how are you? >> more discouraged than usual on this. this new, untested drilling method, frequent gas kicks, puts extra pressure on pipes, extra pressure on well casings. does that sound like a kind of drilling that's already happening all over the world? >> well, yeah. the extended reach drilling has gone on in various places throughout the world. there's no question about that. but just because there hasn't been a catastrophic blowout from one of these ultra extended reachwells doesn't mean that one cannot occur. i mean, look back three or four months on the deepwater horizon, and all the deep water drilling in the gulf of mexico, and until then -- until deepwater horizon
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blew up, they had a pretty good safety record out there. until they didn't. the same thing with 8,700 tanker trips out of prince william sound, fully loaded with oil. everything went fine, until the one that didn't. the same thing can happen with extended reach drilling. and i think it certainly violates the intent, if not the letter, of the moratorium that was placed on offshore drilling in the arctic, and in the deep gulf, as well. >> as in the gulf, mms has allowed bp to write its own environmental report in alaska. certainly that part of this can be overturned, can't it? or is the whole thing because it's been handed to bp and the right to do this, is this out of governmental control at this point? >> well, what's that old adage, history, if ignored, tends to repeat itself. and unless we use the lessons of the deepwater horizon disaster, and apply them to all offshore drilling, including and particularly the liberty project
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with the extended reach drilling that they're about to start, then we don't get it. somebody in bp doesn't get it, the federal government, certainly the state of alaska don't want to apply the lesson. so this plan that was written and that they're operating on was written three or four years ago, 2006, 2007. so none of the current understandings of what went wrong in deepwater horizon -- they had -- you know, this is the same company that three or four months ago was celebrating. that everything was going well in the deepwater horizon macondo well, and were celebrating the reservoir, et cetera. so do we trust them to do the liberty project safely? no. >> to specifically, though, to dudley's claim that this is the two miles down, six, eight miles across, that's the way you drill in alaska. is he correct? >> no. this is new for alaska. this has been done elsewhere throughout the world. this one is a little bit more
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extreme. what i think he might have been referring to is the artificial islands in the very near shore, bofort sea that are constructed basically because they're cheaper to build than putting a rig out there and make them ice firm, et cetera. so there are ways to do this and ways not to do it. the thing i worry about, though, is, you know, the plan was laid and put in place years ago. it was not accommodated and adapted due to what we've learned from deepwater horizon, despite how well engineered it may be. there is reference in the "new york times" article this morning that there can be gas kicks, they can flow slower, they can be harder to deekt. we don't know if they're going to make the same mistakes they made on the deepwater horizon, if they're going to make those in the liberty project, as well. so is this a risk worth taking right now? shouldn't we wait another season to take a really good, hard look at what kind of blowout preventer is it? what is their plan for dealing with a blowout? are they going to drill a
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simultaneous relief well, like senator lautenberg's bill would require? some of these make a lot of sense. but i don't think they have incorporated them into the plan at this point. and so i have no confidence that this can go forward safely. >> last question, while we have you here. back just briefly to the wreck of the deepwater horizon. any headline out of that in the last day that has either encouraged you or discouraged you? >> well, very discouraged with the effort to lift the moratorium. that's -- that's one of the more insane policy mistakes i have seen in recent history. you know, if learning from our mistakes is a hallmark of intelligent life, then obviously, there's -- there's a lack of intelligence, and certainly in the federal courts in louisiana, and possibly even in the state and federal government. so, yeah, it's -- it's a real concern. that moratorium needs to be in place. there's a lot of bad rigs out
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there in the deep water. the industry says that themselves. >> marine conservationist, rick steiner in anchorage. as always, thank you, rick. >> thanks, keith. the gulf could be worse. we could be assigning clean-up contracts to blackwater. before you laugh, the bomb administration has handed out its second military contract to blackwater, now renamed xie. and its founder says the company is the real victim here, the victim of a kind of proctology exam brought on by some in congress. charlie:hat's how you do it son. vo: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. ♪
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came to represent the worst in this nation during the bush war in iraq. so why has black water gotten a new military contract from the cia? jeremy scahill joins us. as of today, he is speaking out for immigrants of this country, even while his propaganda network stirs up hatred of them. this florida pastor has a new explanation for the bp disaster. it's god's revenge. for something he saw on fox news. and the score is finally in from wimbledon.
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it's time to take a deep breath... and ask your doctor if viagra is right for you. if the gulf oil spill and its relationship with bp have taught the obama administration anything, it is caution about getting in bed with companies that flout the rules, especially those who do so with deadly results. and so in our fourth story tonight, the obama administration in the past week has awarded contracts worth nearly a quarter billion dollars to the company formerly known as blackwater. we told you monday about the first $120 million of it, the state department paying xe, that is blackwater's new name, to guard u.s. consulates in afghanistan. the "washington post" reporting that it tossed xe another $100 million. on monday, the state department testified that xe got the
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contract because other contractors were not qualified and said, yes, the state department did take into account past performance, including the 2007 massacre of 17 iraqi civilians by mercenaries, one of whom has pleaded guilty. xe says it has cleaned up its act. one senior vp testifying in february that, quote, changes in personnel, attitude, focus, policy and practice, ownership and governance, represent a break from the past to a culture of compliance. that in all circumstances reflects a responsible u.s. government contractor. an unnamed u.s. official familiar with the cia deal told "the post" black water has undergone serious changes. they had to prove to the government they are a responsible outfit. 2008, hundreds of automatic weapons meant for afghanistan police, signed out for impermissible personal use by a blackwater mercenary who signed his name eric cartman. january 7th of this year, two blackwater, sorry, xe mercenaries indicted for
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murdering afghan civilians last year. march of this year, senate armed services committee reveals a shell company to win other contracts and made false statements to do so. april 16th of this year, five top xe officers indict td on weapons charges. does xe's owner, eric prince, the founder of blackwater think that its changed its ways. prince put his company up for sale. on cnbc this morning, he made it sound as though his company is just fine the way it's always been, it's the critics who are the problem. >> at the end of the day, after 3 1/2 years of an assault by some of the bureaucracy, kind of proctology exam, brought on by some in congress, it's time to hang it up. because i think some in washington view politics a lot more important than performance in the field. >> with us tonight, in this case, head of proctology, jeremy scahill, author of "blackwater: the rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army." good to see you again, jeremy.
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>> thanks for having me. >> so the cia is hiring xe. so does eric prince have something on leon panetta or somebody in the agency? how did this happen? >> i don't think he has his hands on a sex tape or something, but what he does have is a ten-year record in participating in direct lethal connections including the cia assassination program, carrying out covert actions for the u.s. government around the world, many of which this administration doesn't want made republic. the cia doesn't want made public. and so prince has been engaging in something called gray mail, where you essentially are nervous that they're going to come after you, so you basically say to them, "i will show them where some of these bodies are buried, and i'll tell them who buried those bodies." so the obama administration is playing a very high-takes chess game now with blackwater. >> that quote, the new senior vp, changes in personnel, attitude, focus and governance represent a break from the past. is any of that true? have they cleaned up their act at all? >> yes. they have cleaned up their act as much as bp has cleaned up the gulf. if they put new figure heads in
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charge of the company, yeah, their act is totally clean. but this is the same company whose top five deputies to eric prince, as you mentioned, were indicted on very serious charges. there are rumors that prince himself may face some kind of indictment, and this is a company that continues to operate armed and dangerous, not just in afghanistan, keith, as we understand now, they're working for the cia globally. so who knows what they're doing around the world right now? on behalf of the u.s. government. >> the secretary of state, when she ran for the presidential nomination opposed this kind of mercenary contracting. so did president obama. we thought he did. what's going on relative to the leadership at the highest levels here? >> right. well, i think that what this shows is that the united states has become entirely reliant upon these private sector forces. the fact is that we are now addicted as a nation to outsourcing national security policy, 70% of all personnel that work for the department of defense are now private contractors. i'm not talking on the battlefield, i'm talking about the whole department of defense. so i've talked to a leading member of the intelligence committee today, january
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schakowsky, who has been given no clear reason for why they continue to do this. >> if we're talking about covert ops, assassinations, other black bag jobs and whatever else there is under the rocks, are there good companies that do this? i mean, is it an academic discussion of who is a good murdering -- murder for hire operation and a bad murder for hire operation? >> well, if you review all of the companies and determine that blackwater is your best company, then you know that this country is in serious, serious trouble with its national security policy. >> you've reported -- mr. prince here, who is rumored to be looking to move. he's just outgrown the old place? >> well, i've talked to people that are both involved with him personally and professionally at blackwater who have said that he is planning on moving his family to the united arab emirates, which is, of course, in the middle east and has become famous for housing war corporations. they also do not have an extradition treaty with the united states, so it would be a convenient place to relocate if
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you want to stay in the war business, service the monarchies in the middle east and avoid u.s. law. >> so we're putting them on tv, and i don't just mean cnbc, i mean as an industry, we are putting them on tv to encourage people to invest or buy a plane ticket or what? >> this is your sister network -- >> i'm not criticizing -- >> well, i will. how can you have this guy on and not confront him with all he has been alleged to have been involved with? i think we have to have some journalistic integrity. if we're going to have a guy like eric prince there, who is responsible for so much death and destruction in our name, ask him some real questions. >> jeremy scahill, author of "blackwater" asked a lot of questions of these people over the years. thank you for doing that and thank you for coming in. >> thanks, keith. the legal defense fund in the palin case, and immigration is good, and they look at him like, who are you and what have you done with the real rupert. with expedia, when you book your flight and hotel at the same time, voilà,
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rupert murdoch urges americans to embrace immigration while his tv network encourages them to embrace their guns and chase the immigrants out. first tweet of the day from gotta laugh. mcchrystal banned fox news from the television sets in his headquarters. the link sends us to the atlantic. now it can be told, the story about him, that would be mcchrystal is a political liberal, a social liberal, banned fox news from the television sets in his headquarters, yes, really. meaning the hysterical right is trying to make a martyr out of the guy who thinks the hysterical right is crazy. let's play "oddball."
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>> we begin in the white house east room. the president holding a joint news conference with dmitri medvedev, the two trying to reset u.s.-russia relations and they have found common ground. they both have twitter accounts. mr. medvedev opening his just yesterday. >> during his visit to silicon valley this week, he visited the headquarter of twitters where he opened his own account. >> well -- are you 140-character enabled? earlier, two leaders lunched across the potomac, raise hell burger, mr. obama ordering a traditional cheeseburger. mr. medvedev having mushrooms, jalapenos and onions on his. nice flight home. two translators were onhand. in russia, secret sauce. india, where we bear witness to the union of one frog and another frog. it's say same-species marriage. a lot is riding on this thing.
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the arranged marriage is to appease the rain gods. anxious attendes are hoping it puts an end to the drought there. forecasters are no predicting a change in the weather, but attend ants had a good time, until the groom slipped his bride the tongue. what a toad. finally to the philippines. it is the end of june. it is time for the roasted pig parade. the pigs are cooked, put in costumes and marched down the street by the locals. only one rule applies. the pig has to be dressed as an ordinary person, which is terrible news for those who worked on the lady gaga and yankee stadium float. there is also religious context to this festival, although i can't figure it out. spring water you see here signifies the baptism of jesus by st. john the baptist, providing, of course, john himself had a nerf super-soaker. rupert murdoch stupefies his
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rupert murdoch visited his own network this morning, and spoke of the need for immigration reform, as if. in our third story tonight, as if his network, fox news, had not regularly maligned immigration reform. as if his network had not equated documented workers as criminals. as if his network used the word undocumented workers instead of illegals. the bizarro world rose when mayor michael bloomberg of new york enlisted big city mayors, including murdoch to push for comprehensive reform and its benefits for business and the economy, including a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the u.s. with certain requirements. you know, the thing fox news usually refers to as amnesty for illegals. but this morning, fox and friends failed to use the phrase undocumented workers. as for mr. murdoch? >> i've got to keep the pressure on the congressmen.
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and we've got to do it in the press, on television. it's a political thing. they've got to face up to it. and, you know, you've got the country divided about it. you've got the situation in arizona. which is very understandable. because the border there is not secure. you've got to secure the border properly. but then, you know, you've got to recognize, there are millions of bright, intelligent people around the world, whether they're in china or in hungary or germany, who want to come to america and live the american dream. i think we can show to the public the benefits of having migrants and the jobs that go with them. >> mr. murdoch himself became a u.s. citizen in 1985, after u.s. law mandated that only americans could own u.s. television stations. and when murdoch is not on set, it's quite a different picture at fox news as sampled on media matters for america, the same show murdoch was on. note how many times the word "illegals" is tossed around.
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>> tell us about the threat of illegal amnesty by executive. where there are millions of illegals in this country. and there is something going on where an executive order could make them legal. >> thousands of illegal immigrants are being encouraged to participate in the 2010 census. >> illegals in the census? >> the more illegals in the district, the better for people in congress. >> politicians seem to be concerned about the illegals' rights, than the americans, some of whom end up dead. an avalanche of money goes from illegals here right back into mexico. >> she told a group of bishops and cardinals, i've got a great idea, when you're in the pulpit and you're talking to your congregation, can you really push for the illegal immigration bill? because i've got time on my hands and it seems as though a lot of people go to church each week. >> i would like to thank president carlson for joining us. we don't have time to air the rest of the lies or the special treatment by glenn beck, or sean hannity or bill o'reilly. take it as a given.
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let's turn instead to david weigel, also author of the blog, right now. dave, good evening. >> good evening, keith. >> are we sure mr. murdoch knew where he was this morning? >> he did have a zen attitude twashd d toward the media, considering he controls what's on this network. but i have sympathy, because i have never interviewed my own boss in such a fashion. i don't know what i would say. i'm not sure if he is taking the right tack here. we have seen a couple efforts where multimega billionaires like t. boone pickens and michael bloomberg on guns say they're going to do this and produce a lot of research. but because there's a -- because people oppose immigration, because there is media they read opposing, you know, open border as immigration, it doesn't really get through. there is more distrust for people like murdoch, than not. >> what -- what do you suppose -- never mind what the viewers of that might have made of it. what would the ripple effect have been through that fox news organization, such as it is, when you hear the boss talking essentially against, if not the main principle point of the
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network's existence, one of the top five? >> well, we don't have any sign that fox -- we don't have any sign that fox is going to change the way it covers this issue. and it's a sticky thing to talk about. the owner of of newscorp, putting the word out that everything is going to be covered a certain way. but no, he owns the "wall street journal," and wanted to own it as a prestige organization. the "wall street journal" is despised by immigration restrictionist conservatives because it takes that tack. he already owns an organization that takes that tack and flack from conservatives. so he could do this, but really that's the only important thing he could do on immigration. i guess the think tank studies that will come out of this -- i'm not even sure fox will cover them. >> is it possible this was just to cover his own head? i mean, if -- it would be one thing if fox took a skeptical view of immigration reform, but obviously, it consistently takes actual problems associated with
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undocumented workers and splices that together with the lies and is gross exaggerations. doesn't that kind of machine chew up one or two guests who might speak reasonable on the subject, even if one of the guests is rupert murdoch? >> yeah, you have to do a lot of deprogramming to get this out of the bloodstream of conservative media. and, again, it's something that a lot of these viewers want. they are giving it to the fox news audience, because they don't think they can get this kind of red meat on immigration outside the internet, on other tv stations. but that is the most important thing murdoch is serious about this, he could do. he is a slow, subtle shift in how fox news covers this issue from the clips you just showed that media matters -- media matters captured them and picked the ones that looked the worst. but there is a lot of that on fox news, especially on the late-night shows. that's the most important thing that could change. rest of this, i don't think is convincing. because conservatives i talk to today, people who oppose what he is supporting on immigration, as soon as they heard this, assumed
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that -- branded him a traitor, basically. there is no appetite for forgiving murdoch or thinking he is in the right here. they consider him another open borders billionaire is the word they throw around and they're not surprised at all. unless he changes the way fox news covers this, i don't think you've going to have much of an impact from this group, like you didn't have t boone pickens. >> i hate to find myself suddenly defending murdoch, but if he suddenly shut off the juice, you couldn't hear it next to the tallest one. they're a bunch of midgets. the question on economic on this. most undocumented workers would register as democrats. murdoch said no, some would register as democrats, some as republicans. murdoch's biographer, michael wolff insisted if he could make just as much money from a liberal network he would be happy to do it. he would shut down fox news if that was necessary. is there something to be said here about murdoch the profiteer as opposed to the propagandist?
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>> that's an interesting question, because he definitely has expressed conservative views before. it's just that the basket of conservative beliefs includes, for the most part, really restricted immigration policies and he's never really confronted that before? is there less money to make in this? i don't know where fox viewers would go if they were suddenly outraged at the amnesty talk they heard on fox news daytime. but he's not going to stop bill o'reilly or glenn beck from saying "illegals." so he might not be losing money, because there might not be a lot he can do apart from word of mouth, a couple of appearances, press conferences with michael bloomberg. >> murdoch the traitor from the right wing. david weigel, "the post washington post." take that and run it. thank you. the match took so long. he says he may have gone from the heaviest player in tennis to the fittest.
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isner and mahut at wimbledon in three days. so you started a legal defense fund to defray the cost of ethics charges and then it found out the defense fund wasn't legal, but its own ethics charge. and when rachel joins at the top of the hour, again, extension to the benefits of the long-term unemployed. her guest, ezra klein. it's the greatest merger in dishwashing history. it will impact pots and pans everywhere. gel and powder join forces to create a superpower. cascade complete pacs. now, for the inside story. [ man #1 ] the best of cascade powder and gel have combined in one powerful pac to obliterate grease, annihilate tough foods.
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stop taking viagra and call your doctor right away if you experience a sudden decrease or loss in vision or hearing. talk to your doctor today... and ask if viagra is right for you. when they talk about the two weeks of wimbledon, who knew they were referring to just one match? the tennis showdown that lasted three days, and led one writer to claim the players had turned into zombies who sought
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nourishment by eating the spectat spectators. first get out your torches and pitch forks, it is "worst persons in the world." sarah palin. the alaska personnel board said she acted in good faith, but that does not change the facts. the sarah palin legal defense fund, it's illegal. she set it up while still governor, included the word "official" implying some sort of governmental endorsement and that was an ethics violation. she'll have to give back the money. they'll pry it out of her hands. the runner up, pastor carl gallops in millton, florida. he claims that even though israel celebrates the anniversary of its independence on mayh by. in an online video he says israel celebrates its independence on april 19th. fox news reports the u.s. will no longer automatically support israel in the united nations. the next day on april 20th, the deep horizon oil rig explodes. coincidence? or the hand and judgment of god? coincidence. see, number one, leaks at the
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deepwater horizon were reported weeks before april 19th. and number two, the u.s. denied the fox story, much of which it had reported not on april 19th, but on april 18th. and number three, if all it had been true, why didn't god use his hand in judgment that day? rather than waiting until the 20th? are you suggesting he took the night off? and fourth, nowhere in the bible does it say god has cable. but our winner, congressman dan burton, a republican of indiana who told the house, quote, we sent $2 billion to brazil so they could do offshore drilling. we don't need to send money to mr. soros so they can do more drilling with our taxpayers' money. mr. burton, who is crazy, was claiming the obama administration had just given $2 million to petrobras, and george sorros increased his
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investment in petrobras. except the president who gave $2 billion to petrobras was george bush. it was bush appointees at the export/import bank who voted 5-0 to aaward the money. and the hedge fund recently sold its voting shares in petrobras, didn't buy any. so where did burton get the nonsense with which he humiliated himself again on the floor of our congress? he saw it on glenn beck on monday. congressman dan burton of indiana, crazy. today's "worst person in the world!" oh, phillips' col health probiotic plus fiber. how's it work? ok, she's gas. he's constipation... why am i constipation? ...he's diarrhea. and our special fiber helps our probiotics
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if you still can't figure out how two tennis players could physically survive an 11-hour long match, the impeccable website dead spin points to the wimbledon live blog for possible explanation. after play was suspended for a second time last night, a blog at 9:25 p.m., there is a strong suggestion soon to be confirmed
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by doctors that john isner actually expired at about the 20:20 mark, and mahut soon after. in the longest match of the game, one of the undead zombies prevailed. the match began on tuesday, 6'9", john isner 20th in the world against the unranked frenchman mr. mahut, play was suspended due to darkness. back on wednesday for the decisive fifth set. neither to break the other's serve. after a total of 118 points over seven hours and a total of ten hours to that point, the fifth set was tied at 59 when the umpire suspended the match to darkness. before the match resumed isner summoned the strength for an interview with the "today" show.
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>> we didn't even take a bathroom break up until about 58-all or something like that. and eventually, i couldn't hold it in any longer. i had to go to the bathroom. so i really don't know how to explain what went on yesterday. i know, you know, people say it was something like that was a dream. i honestly thought i was going to wake up any moment after the match. >> thanks for sharing the first part. somewhat rested and relieved, the men returned for a third day of play, and with isner out in front, 69-68, he was finally able to break mahut's serve. >> after a standing ovation from the crowd and an embrace at the net, the all-england club presented gifts. to commemorate the record breaking match. there are large trees that grew since the first moment of play. and then the two exhausted players somehow addressed the crowd. >> the guy is an absolute
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warrior. you know, it stinks. someone had to lose. but to be able to share this day with him was an absolute honor. i wish him nothing but the best, and you know, maybe i'll see him somewhere down the road. and it won't go 70-68. >> we played the greatest match ever and the greatst place to play tennis. let's turn to mark ine, the winner of the tennis pro league washington castles, the team that featured venus and serena williams. welcome. >> thanks for having me, keithful. >> mr. mahut, who just lost, called this the greatest tennis match ever. what do you think of his assessment? >> i think it was probably the most extraordinary tennis match ever, and one of the most extraordinary sporting events ever, i don't know if it's one of the greatest matches. there have certainly been matches with higher quality play, but just in terms of an extraordinary spectacle, probably unparalleled. >> the explanation that the old record was 6 hours and 33 minutes and they were two hours away from doubling the old record from endurance is the
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explanation for this even matching or similar styles of play? because the question i keep getting asked is, why did this happen, not how did they survive it so much? they're athletes. but why? >> yeah, that is the right question. i think it is a little bit the styles. two really good servers. for sure john isner is the best server in the game. and truly, two guys who can't return that great. so the challenge of trying to win four straight points on the other guy's serve just seemed something they weren't able to achieve. and it really is this extraordinary combination of events that made this result happen. >> the best match i ever covered was roscoe tanner over bjorn borg. it took three hours. and it was -- one long grunting sweat. the conners match in 1991 was forever. many of the mcenroe matches were long endurance battles. tennis, when it transcends other sports, seems to do it usually
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because you've made the players play longer and not to encourage a three-day match every tournament, but is there anything that can be done to sort of exploit marathon and sell tennis, especially the team tennis game in this country? >> yeah, you know, i think that this match, first of all, i think captured people's imagination. people who aren't even tennis fans, people who aren't sports fans, so i think this match will already do that. i'm not sure that having 11-hour matches -- i think if there were too many of them, i think people might turn off from the sport. so i think once in a while to have a match like this, as you said, captures people's imaginations and is great. and we have a great form of tennis in team tennis that billie jean king started 35 year ago and still runs. and it takes its own spin on it and makes it really competitive and fun for the fans and people love that, as well. >> quote afterwards from john isner, 6'9", 245 pounds, said he knew someday the 245 pounds would come in useful one day or as it turned out one week. you said as good a server as there, but did it surprise you that he of all people was able
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to survive the marathon aspect of it? >> you would think a guy that big wouldn't have the stamina to make it. but it was the fact that he was that big and had a serve that big is what made the match go so long. and, you know, and also the fact that at that size it's harder to be a great returner. so i actually think in a way, if you look at it, a lot of these long matches end up with guys who you can't break their serve. but the thing about john is he is such a competitor, so mentally tough. he's one of the very few guys in the last ten years who graduated from college. went to college for four years. and you know, just -- his -- he has trained a long time for this and deserves this outcome. >> he and mahut will be in the books forever. mark ine of the washington castles, world team tennis. the 2010 season world plug gets under way next week. >> thanks keith. >> the 66th day of the deepwater horizon disaster in the gulf. i'm keit

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